|Type / Tags||Synth (Analogue / Subtractive)|
- 2 oscillators with coarse tune -36/+36 semitones & fine tune.
- Oscillator shapes are sawtooth, square, sine & noise.
- Sub Oscillator, slaved to osc #1 (one octave below), saw & square shapes.
- Oscillator Mix slider.
- Pulse Width for Osc1 + Osc2.
- Frequency Modulation (Osc1>Osc2).
- Ring Modulator (Osc1 x Osc2).
- Amplitude envelope (ADSR), can be linked to Filter ADSR.
- Filter envelope (ADSR).
- 2 LFOs with Pitch, Osc Mix, Cutoff, Amp, PWM targets.
- Sources are sine, sawtooth, square, noise.
- Filter section is packed with 6 filters:
- 24 dB Lowpass.
- 24 dB Bandpass.
- 24 dB Highpass.
- 12 dB Lowpass + Notch, Double-Notch.
- 24 dB 'fat' Lowpass.
- Filter keyboard track option (higher notes -> higher cutoff).
- Cutoff, Resonance & Filter Envelope Amount adjustable.
- Distortion section with Drive + Tone Control.
- Parametric EQ.
Reviewed By trip
September 11, 2005
The GUI is easy to handle. The colours are more a matter of taste, but i like them and somehow they fit to the sound. The layout is well thought trough and there are no popup-menues where you don´t wear (or click) yourself out. Everything is right at hand. One weak point are the graphical envelopes: they´re a nice addon, but if you programm sounds with a bigger lenth, the envelopes vanish at the edge of the window. A plus point is the switchable fx-section.
It would describe the sound as more or less glamorous with a nice, brilliant shimmer. The sound is often very recognizeable, due to the filtermodes and the resonance. Personally i like both of the notchfilters for making brighter/ wider sounds. Also remarkable is the noise-osc. It´s not a normal noise, it´s very harsh and more FM or AM like. What bothers me is the fade in of the res, i think it becomes too quick too loud. Another problem is the env-speed. Good drums and percussion are hardly to achieve cause the envs are too slow and don´t give you enough punch, especially in lower registers. I think the strength of Wasp lies more in "metallic", stronger sounds (hard to describe) and/or in "strange" fx-patches.
At first sight, Wasp seems not very extraordinary, but it offers a lot of options. It has FM, Ringmodulation, PW, Keytracking, Lfo-Sync, a sort of chorus and a distortion unit. The modulation-routings are in fact not numerous, but this forces you to plan your sound-design better. One thing i think to mention are the lfo-shapes: apart from the standard sine and square there are saw and noise (and what kind of noise!:-)) Furthermore Wasp offers a 7-band eq and three bread and butter fx-units: reverb, phaser and delay. The presets sound good and are quite useable, but personally i dislike the phaser-patches.
The docs are very short and dry, so for a beginner they´re maybe not sufficient enough. For the more proficient users the manual offers no extra information.
Light and shadow here. Some fx and "wired"-presets are nice, but for me the distortion-unit is used too much. The pads are also good, but the drums and some leads are crap. As always i miss some of these "mellow-mood sounds". All in all i think the presets don´t show the full potential of the synth. I would add some classic fm (ringmod) presets (as possible) and/or more less "crude" patches.
I never used it, but the fl-homepage has a big forum with many users for well-founded assistance.
Value For Money
In my opinion the vfm is excellent. For the money you get a lot of soundpotential.
Wasp crashed sometimes in FL-Studio when i selected some presets in the fx-panel. When using a lot of fx (in my case, 1,3ghz, 256mbram) the cpu load can up to 15-20% with four voices. Normal patches use about 10% on an average.
Summary: Wasp is not a "neutral" synth. It has a well defined sound wich puts it in its own niche, so you like it or you like it not. I don´t know if it sounds like the hardware-pendant, but i recommend this synth to all who are looking for an extra sound possibility with easy programming.Read more
Reviewed By jzero
October 14, 2004
For only two oscillators, it has a lot of sonic muscle: pulse-width modulation, "Dual" switch for detuned oscillator doubling, an exceptionally ugly (read "good") distortion circuit, ring modulation, and an FM knob.
In addition, it has a decent selection of onboard effects. The reverbs and paragraphic EQ are outstanding. The phasor and delay are frustrating because the presets can't be configured much.
Wasp's amplitude and filter ADSR envelopes deserve mention because they have a nice and crisp response. Attacks and decays are very sharp. This and the 24db/octave "LP Fat" filter are really good for punchy bass sounds. Also, as you change any of the knobs to alter the envelope shape, it is repesented graphically as well.
High marks for Wasp overall for the following reasons:
* Clean, punchy tone with a smooth LP filter.
* Great Interface (easy to program: all controls are visible on screen at once, and graphic display of envelopes)
* Great reverb and EQ.
* Very affordableRead more
Reviewed By Rabid
October 10, 2003
Reviewed By alex1206
April 23, 2002
This synth is really good for loading up and creating nice sounding patches quickly.
This thing had a few bugs to start with but they soon ironed them out with a couple of service releases. It has a nice (Fruityloops style) GUI and is easy to use.
Good for the money....however, between this and RGC Square 1 for the same price - I think I would advice towards Square 1 which is currently going for $35 (about the same price) and has a lot of good features and an upgrade path to Pentagon 1 (which is the daddy) if you find you want more!!Read more
Reviewed By Wine
March 4, 2002
My only real complaint isn't with the synth itself but a problem with installation. The original registration file sent to me crashed. After receiving e-mails from the developer, they informed me it was a compatibility problem with Netscape and proceeded to provide an alternative registration solution for me to use. Full marks for Customer Support!!!!! (This is why I deducted a few points for stability, the VSTi itself is fine!)
Download the demo and be surprised. It is certainly worth the effort to obtain this synth!Read more